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2024 Bristol Events and Festivals

Posted April 8, 2024
2024 Bristol Events and Festivals

There are so many must-see events and festivals in Bristol in 2024. This year, Bristol is buzzing with unique experiences waiting for you.

Dive into Bristol’s lively culture scene. Enjoy comedy, music, and innovation at various festivals. There’s something here for everyone. Note down these dates so you don’t miss out.

2024 is a big year for Bristol as it celebrates its rich history and bright future. You’ll find everything from small gigs to large concerts showcasing the city’s thriving arts scene.

If you love comedy, get ready to laugh with both new talents and famous comedians on tour. Music fans will also have plenty of choices, from classical music to modern beats across different venues.

Bristol’s festivals are highlights too, turning the city into a dynamic mix of colours, sounds, and flavours. Whether it’s enjoying art by the harbour or exploring tech innovations, each festival offers a special experience.

Keep an eye out as we reveal more about Bristol’s 2024 events, including exclusive insights and ticket info. Let’s make this year unforgettable.

Bristol has already had some big events in 2024 happen such as the Simple Things Festival, Bristol Light Festival and The Bristol Festival of Music, Speech and Drama, but there are plenty more to explore below.

April Events

Bristol Sausage and Cider Festival

Sausage and Cider Festival

Date: 27 April

This festival is a feast for cider and sausage fans, offering a wide range of UK ciders and sausages. Expect everything from fruity ciders to traditional tastes, and even unique sausages like those with chilli. There’s also live music, DJ sets, and eating competitions for the brave. It’s the perfect spot for anyone keen to try new tastes while enjoying superb entertainment.

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May Events

Bristol Walkfest

Bristol Walk Fest

Date: 1–31 May

Running throughout May (1st-31st), the annual Bristol Walk Fest offers walks suitable for all ages, including heritage trails and story-telling sessions in woods. With over 200 walks by over 80 providers—most free—it’s a fantastic way to explore what Bristol offers.

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The Bristol Folk Festival

Date: 3 – 5 May

From the 3rd to the 5th of May 2024, The Bristol Folk Festival returns with an exciting lineup featuring The Breath, Spiers & Boden, Sheelanagig, among others. Attendees can look forward to five main concerts headlined by famous folk artists and special performances across venues including The Architect and St George’s Bristol Glass Studio. Keep an eye on their website for more details.

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CrimeFest

Date: 9–12 May

CrimeFest is a yearly event that brings together fans of crime fiction. People from all over the world, including top writers, readers, and publishers, come to enjoy it. It’s known for being welcoming and offers special deals if you sign up early through their newsletter. The festival values diversity and respect among everyone there. It’s supported by a main sponsor and has been highlighted as one of the best festivals by The Guardian and The Independent. For more information on who will be there, check out the Authors & Delegates section on their website.

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Fire in Your Soul

Date: 13–14 May

Get ready for “Fire in Your Soul,” an exciting food fest near Chew Valley Lake close to Bristol. This event celebrates cooking with fire in a beautiful setting along with live music featuring soulful tunes plus many activities meant to entertain everyone attending—ranging from chef demos by famous cooks to various workshops, contests, street food stalls, etc., ensuring fun moments for all.

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Mayfest – Bristol’s Biennial Festival

Date: 17–26 May

Mayfest, Bristol’s festival of contemporary theatre, returns in 2024! The festival will run from 17 to 26 May. You can enjoy innovative live performances from Bristol, across the UK, and beyond. Further details are still to be revealed.

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Forbidden Worlds Film Festival

Date: 16–19 May

Get ready for the Forbidden Worlds Film Festival! This event is all about celebrating fantasy, action, sci-fi, and horror films from all over. It’s a tribute to the creative geniuses who made these movies. The festival happens in Bristol and shows classic and unique films made before 2000. These movies used to be found only on VHS or remembered as childhood favourites. Now, they’re being shown on the big screen at the old Bristol IMAX. It’s a chance for film enthusiasts to see these movies in an impressive setting. For more information, check out their website.

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South Glos Spring Food & Drink Festival

Date: 18-19 May

This festival is at the Bristol and Bath Science Park. It’s a perfect chance to try lots of different foods and drinks for free!

There’s something for every family member with plenty of food, drinks, and fun activities available. You need to book your no-cost ticket before you go and pick when you’ll arrive but can stay as much as you want once inside.

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Dot to Dot Festival

Date: 25 May

On the lookout for fresh music? Dot To Dot Festival on the 25th of May features headliners JOCKSTRAP and WUNDERHORSE along with emerging talents promising a day full of vibrant music experiences.

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Love Saves the Day

Date: 25–26 May

Ashton Court Estate is hosting Love Saves the Day with top acts like The Streets, Camelphat and Sub Focus among others.

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June Events

Bristol Craft Beer

Bristol Craft Beer Festival

Dates: 7-8 Jun

Enjoy over 300 beers from around the world and local areas at this festival. You’ll find tasty food and live music too.

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Bristol Volksfest

Date: 7-9 Jun

This event celebrates Volkswagen culture with music, camping, and activities for car enthusiasts and families. It’s a perfect blend of passion for VW cars and outdoor enjoyment in a welcoming atmosphere. The festival brings together automotive enthusiasm and the great outdoors, all rooted in the grassroots VW scene.

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Festival of Nature

Date: 1-9 Jun

This festival brings two big, free events to the heart of Bristol and Bath. Plus, there’s a whole week filled with fun yet affordable activities like wildlife walks, arts and crafts, and music shows. On Sunday 9th June, there’s a special Community Day where people can get involved in helping nature. Keep an eye out for the full schedule coming this spring.

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Bristol Comedy Garden

Date: 12-16 Jun

It’s the biggest comedy event in the southwest! Enjoy five evenings packed with top-notch comedy under the Big Top tent. While you’re laughing away, you can also sip on craft beers and try delicious street food at Queen Square.

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Afro fest Bristol Music & Dance Festival

Date: 15 Jun

Experience a day filled with music, dance, fashion, and more. It’s a celebration of Bristol’s rich cultural diversity.

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Bristol Sounds

Dates: 22-30 Jun

Every year, Bristol Sounds lights up Canons Marsh Amphitheatre by the harbourside with amazing music acts over several days. The lineup for 2024 features stars like Busted, Skindred, Placebo and James Arthur.

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July Events

Bristol Pride

Pride Day and Parade

Date: 13 Jul

June is Pride Month in Bristol. The city celebrates equality and diversity across the South West with many events leading to Pride Day. The parade is on Saturday, 13 July, featuring all-day festivities and performances. You can buy wristbands for perks and discounts.

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The Bristol Harbour Festival 

Date: 19-21 Jul

Starting in 1971 to save the docks from closing, the Bristol Harbour Festival celebrates the city’s historic harbour at its heart. It aims to honour Bristol’s history, showcase local talent, encourage community involvement, boost the economy, and support environmental sustainability. With activities in Millennium Square, Queen Square, College Green, and on the water, it welcomes everyone. This festival respects Bristol’s past while looking forward to a sustainable future. It’s an important event for both locals and visitors.

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August Events

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Valley Fest

Date: 1-4 Aug

Valley Fest is a distinctive music and food festival in the South West, known for its superb flavours and lively live music. Ideal for festival first-timers and families, it features top UK performers and Bristol’s finest food in a welcoming atmosphere. Luke Hasell created the festival in 2014 to honour his parents, capturing their love of sharing delicious meals and joyful moments.

The event promotes organic food, sustainable agriculture, and appreciation for nature, all accompanied by fantastic music and art.

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Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Date: 9-11 Aug

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a mesmerising three-day event that’s free to join. It attracts over 100 hot air balloons, celebrating Bristol’s strong links to ballooning. Started in 1979 by friends, it’s now a key UK event, highlighting Bristol as the cradle of European ballooning and the world’s ballooning capital. More than just fun, it symbolises Bristol and has grown in significance far beyond its beginnings. A must-see for those keen on exploring Bristol’s history and the exciting realm of hot air ballooning.

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FORWARDS Festival

Date: 31 Aug-1 Sep

FORWARDS brings an electrifying music festival to Bristol’s core, mixing famous global acts with emerging local talent. This two-day celebration not only showcases diverse top-quality music but also pays tribute to Bristol’s musical legacy. Yet FORWARDS goes beyond being a mere music fest; it seeks to reshape city festivals into platforms for unforgettable experiences and positive societal impact.

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